ECOWAS REGIONAL BIOENERGY FORUM
ECREEE in cooperation with its partners from the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) including Brazil, Ghana, the Netherlands, Sweden, USA, UNDP, UNEP, UN FAO, and the UN Foundation, are organising a regional bioenergy forum from 19th – 22rd March 2012 in Bamako, Mali. The objective of the forum is to initiate an international dialogue and peer-to-peer learning to support the ECOWAS Member States in developing their bioenergy strategies. The Regional Forum will provide information and promote discussion on the following topics:
- Economic, Environmental and Social benefits and challenges of bioenergy;
- Means to simultaneously promote food and energy security through Integrated Food-Energy Systems and Agro-forestry;
- Means to alleviate the negative health and environmental effects from using traditional fuelwood for cooking by transitioning to modern bioenergy and fostering improved forest management; and
- Policy Tools from UNEP, UN FAO and the Global Bioenergy Partnership that can promote the creation of a sustainable bioenergy sector that is a driver of economic growth and improves environmental and social conditions.